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  • Kefalonia is a beautiful island with much to see, and the best way is by car. We compare all providers in the local area to gain you the best prices.
  • It's possible to collect your rental car on arrival at the airport – alternatively, choose a car hire company with a branch in your resort.
  • Ensure you hire the right size vehicle for your travelling party. It can often be cheaper to reserve a larger car in advance, as there is no guarantee one will be available when you arrive.

Hiring a car in Kefalonia

The Greek Island of Kefalonia is an idyllic paradise. With cobalt seas, pristine sandy beaches, mountain backdrops, fishing villages and forests, it's a delight to explore. Whether you wish to discover the architecture and museums of the capital, Argostoli, see Loggerhead Turtles in their natural habitat, explore ancient caves or movie locations, you can do it all in Kefalonia.

If you are driving in Kefalonia for the first time, it can be challenging, but if you take your time and use a sat-nav or mobile app navigational system you will find your way around effortlessly.

Kefalonia is one of the larger Ionian islands, and although main roads are fairly well-maintained, rural roads are less so. They can be narrow and winding, and many cliffside drives have sharp turns. If locals are driving behind you and trying to overtake, pull over to allow them past and continue your journey with ease.

Where to Hire a Car in Kefalonia

You can begin your Kefalonia adventure as soon as you land on the island. Several car hire companies such as Budget, Avis and Hertz are located in and around the airport terminal building, so you could be on the road and on route to your resort in no time at all.

Perhaps you only wish to rent a car for a few days during your stay? If so, collect your car hire Kefalonia in your chosen holiday resort. In the south of the island, there are car hire branches in Skala, a few roads behind the beach close to shops and apartments. There are also agencies next to Poros Port and in the town of Sami, a little further up the east coast.

If you are staying on the western peninsula of Kefalonia, you can collect your rental car close to the beach and harbour in the popular resort of Lixouri. Remember for up-to-date offers for your travel dates, search and compare cheap car hire for 2018/2019 on dealchecker.

Places to Visit Around Kefalonia

Drogarati Caves are a great place to see what lies beneath Kefalonia. With orange and ochre stalagmites and stalactites all around, and vast caverns with superb acoustics, it's no wonder classical concerts are held here. The caves date back thousands of years – enjoy a guided tour and learn all about these mystical subterranean chambers.

If you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of tourist resorts, head north to Fiscardo. This charming fishing village lines the waterfront with houses painted in terracotta, pinks and turquoise hues. As you sit in a shaded taverna feasting on delicious Greek cuisine, boats drift in and out of the harbour. Stay a couple of days and take a ferry to Lefkas to explore not one, but two picturesque Ionian islands. If you plan to take your car on the ferry, ensure there are no additional insurance costs.

If you are seeking the best beaches in Kefalonia, venture to Myrtos Beach. Surrounded by lush hillsides, this secluded curved beach is an unspoilt paradise with crystal clear waters. Pack up a picnic and your snorkel because you may wish to stay a while.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Kefalonia, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Kefalonia. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Kefalonia!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.